TENDENCIES /CASES OF MANS EVASION OF GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT.
The following are cases of unrighteousness seen in the New Testament.
1. Referring to Jesus as the Chief prince of demons (Beelzebub) by religious leaders after He had cast away demons. Mark 3:22
2. People rendering Jesus as a prophet without honor. People knew him as a mere carpenter and thus challenged His wisdom. Mark 6:4
3. Being despised and belittled by the residents of Bethany, unworthy to receive expensive perfume. Mark 14:20
4. Engaging in adultery by people which prompted Jesus to give tough measures against this evil. Matt 5:27
5. The practice of divorce where marriages were being separated at any how which was against the will of God.
6. There was a culture of revenge, paying evil for evil which troubled Jesus who had to preach forgiveness.
7. Engaging in hypocritical prayers done on streets and on tops of buildings by some religious leaders. Jesus condemns them in Like 11:2
8. People judging others as evil. Jesus condemns this saying a person will be judged in the same measure he judges others. Judgement is only for God. Matt 7
9. Denying children a chance of being part of God’s Kingdom which Jesus condemned and instead encouraged them to come to Him. Matt 19:4
10. Some religious leaders falsely accused Jesus of wrong doing in order to have him convicted by Roman governors.
11. Judas Iscariot’s act of betraying Jesus who had been the disciples’ guide, counsellor and teacher was an act of evasion of God.
12. The harsh treatment given to Jesus, that included mocking, insulting and nailing him on two pieces of wood was disrespectful and despicable.
13. Lying to the Holy Spirit is an evasion of God. This was done by Ananias and his wife Sapphira who hid some money from Peter. They died.
14. Divisionism and disunity within the church at Corinth with different Christian groups following different persons eg Peter, Paul and Christ.
1. Giving examples, show how some Jews evaded God during the days of Jesus.
REASONS WHY JESUS WAS EVADED BY JEWS.
1. Getting baptised by John the Baptist yet it seemed that baptism was only for sinners.
2. Being tempted by the devil which made Him look an ordinary man that couldn’t be feared by Satan.
3. Calling Himself strange titles such as Son of God God etc. This was viewed as blasphemy.
4. Religious leaders calling Him Beelzebub, the prince of Demons misled other Jews into rejecting Him.
5. Coming from a humble background, from the village of Nazareth couldn’t allow fellow villagemates to accord him respect befitting a Messiah.
6. He was young at the time he started his ministry, (30 years). Old citizens found it unacceptable for a young man to be a Messiah.
7. Being unmarried failed his effort to command loyalty public since every person of influence was expected to have a family.
8. Jesus was materially poor and thus Jews expected Him to be under a curse from God. Matt 8:20 shows Jesus had no shelter.
9. Jews were dissapointed in Jesus when He encouraged them to pay tax to the Romans. They had expected Him to help them oppose such.
10. Being friendly to sinners such as prostitutes portrayed him to be unholy and sinful Himself.
11. Jews thought a Messiah would be for them alone. When Jesus showed universality, by loving even the gentiles, they rejected him.
12. By Jesus avoiding politics, he dissapointed the Jews who expected him to be a military liberator.
13. His miserable arrest by Roman soldiers without any heavenly defence also disappointed them.
14. Disciples disassociating from him eg Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial of him made others dislike him too.
1. Why was Jesus rejected by his own people?
JESUS’ RESPONSE TO THOSE THAT EVADED GOD.
1. He condemns religious leaders that over emphasize the Masaic law that they were basing on to evade God. In Matt 22:36, he emphasises love of God and fellow people as greatest.
2. He condemns Pharisees’ spiritual pride, where they thought they were the most righteous. He says righteousness is a gracious gift from God not the deeds they were boasting of.
3. Sinners should be associated with like He did to prostitutes, in order to guide them instead of isolating them.
4. When Jesus finds the temple being misused, he reacts angrily, throwing their businesses out. John 2:14,15.
5. He condemns those that fast just for show to the public saying such fasting is useless stressing that fasting should be secret.
6. He called for the love and praying for enemies as opposed to the culture of revenge.
7. Jesus condemns the acts of people judging others as evil. Matt 7:1-5. Everyone is a sinner and judgement is a reserve for God.
8. In Matt 5:23-25, He emphasises reconciliation to people with conflicts.
9. To people who had lost their peace of mind by worrying so much, Jesus tells them in Matt 6:25 that their concerns should be addressed to God.
10. Jesus helped the needy instead of ignoring them as others were doing. He fed the hungry, comforted the sick, healed the blind etc.
11. He urged his disciples to let the young children come to him. This was an opposite reaction to society that had kept children away from God.
12. Unlike society’s despising of women, Jesus respected and appreciated the role they play in building God’s Kingdom. Luke 10:39.
13. He condemned divorce saying man should not separate what God has put together. Mark 10:9
14. He condemned all those that use physical killer weapons like swords and war. Matt 26:52 He orders Peter to return the sword to its place.
WHAT THE CHURCH IS DOING TO BRING PEOPLE BACK TO GOD.
1. Increasing the broadcasting of the gospel in all places through Crusades etc.
2. Religious leaders living exemplary lives.
3. Carrying out spiritual renewal programs such as urging people to get saved.
4. Regular fellowships to keep people’s spiritual lives alive.
5. Holding seminars and workshops to educate people especially youths.
6. Being compassionate by helping people that desperately need help.
7. Carrying out visible development projects in the community eg by building schools.
8. Employment of people in the neighborhood.
9. Inviting renown preachers to present motivating sermons.
10. Use of information technology channels to broadcast the gospel eg using social networks.
12. Carrying out scriptural studies to help people understand the Bible more.
13. Use of drama and acting to demonstrate the cause and outcome of sin and the role of salvation.
14. Increasing transparency in church accounts to reduce embezzlement and diversion of funds.